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Kang Yatse
Semi technical expedition -Alpine AD rated- + 20,000 ft

This is one of the best trekking peaks in the Indian Himalayas and its proximity to Leh makes it very accessible. Ladakh, often referred to as ‘little Tibet’, is characterised by Buddhist culture and tradition. Visits to monasteries, palaces, markets and remote villages are all included in this expedition.

Note: We encourage responsible tourism. Practice these guidelines while on a trip!

Accomdations

Camps
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Transit Rest House

Service Level

Luxury
All Inclusive

Transportation

Shared
Private

Food

Vegetarian

Age

18 to 50 years

Difficulty

Hard

Fitness Guide

Technical trek

  • Multi-week trek in challenging terrain across glaciers with a high pass in very remote region / trekking peak
    with a summit day.
  • An average day involves 6 hours of walking

Who is this tour for?

Solo Men, Solo Women, Young Age Couple, Middle Age Couple , Group of Singles, Group of Couples
Tour Map

Tour Experience

High passes, fantastic landscapes, towering peaks, glacial mountains , himalayan hamlets, camping among the stars- a travel tale like no other.

  • Summit a 6250 mtrs - 20,500 ft himalayan peak
  • Learn expedition skills
  • Trek Markha valley and Kang Yatse
  • Camp at 15,420 ft on the Nimaling plateau
  • Interface with local wild-life like the blue himalayan sheep, yaks
  • Interact with local families in himalayan hamlets along the way
  • All trekking and climbing arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook .
  • On summit day view- K2 (second highest mountain the world), Broad Peak | (12th highest mountain the world bordering China / Pakistan) | Gasherbrum Massif (13th Highest mountain the world bordering Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China) in the North | Nun Kun | The Zanskar peaks in the West and the distant Karakoram ranges

12N/ 13D

Departure: Any day

You will be doing:

Hiking
Trekking
Mountain Climbing
Wild life spotting
Photography
Village Walk
Jungle Walk
Hi-Altitude Camping
Village Stay
Glacier watching
Local Interaction

You will be experiencing:

Nature
Culture
Wild Life
High Altitude
Village Life
Road Trip

Itinerary

1 Leh

Welcome to a epic journey to the Greater Himalayas !

This is the first day of our 13 day expedition. You will mostly spend the remainder of this day resting.

  • Leh Airprort
  • Leh town
5 km None
None +
Leh
Eco Resorts
, Local Interaction
Nature,
Lunch, Dinner

Today primarily is about , getting organised, meet and greet other participants and get a feel of the local sights. Optional visit to the Leh palace , the Shey, Thikse and Hemis gompas. Last minute shopping in the Leh market.

None +
Leh
Eco Resorts
, Photography, Shopping, Local Interaction, Cafe hopping
Nature, ,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our ultimate destination for the day is Skiu but not before we reach chilling.

Our trek starts from Chilling which is about 60 KM from Leh. An exciting drive along the Indus and Zanskar river takes us to Chilling. From Chilling we trek upto, Skiu, which approx. 4 hour hike.The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchen gorge. On reaching Skiu we rest for the day.

  • Leh
  • Chilling
  • Chilling -10,978 ft
  • Skiu - 11,500 ft
60 km 6 km
Skiu - 11,500 ft
Home Stays, Camps
Trekking, Village Stay, Local Interaction, Hi-Altitude Camping
Nature, Road Trip, , Village Life, Culture, High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Markha Valley is also trek in itself , this the route is taken by many trekkers. You might bump in to a group or two whilst enroute. Our first group to Markha Valley was back in 2017-anyways moving on, we reach the village of markha.

On your way, you will see a lot of greenery, especially sea buckthorn (a spiny deciduous shrub) that is of medicinal value. Once you cross the river, you will arrive at the Chaluk and Tunespa Village. The landscape that will greet your eyes is breathtaking and you will have a great time admiring it till you reach Markha finally. The Markha Valley has been named after this village.

  • Skiu-11,500ft
  • Chalup
  • Tunseka
  • Markha- 12,467 ft
None 22 km
Markha-12,467 ft
Camps, Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Village Walk, Photography, Hi-Altitude Camping, Village Stay, Local Interaction
Nature, High Altitude, , , Village Life, Culture
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We climb from Markha to reach Thachungtse via the Hankar and Umlung villages. This is the first time we can view Kang Yatse . Yohoooo!

  • Markha-12,467 ft
  • Umlung
  • Hankar
  • Thachungtse-13,650 ft
Thachungtse- 13,616 ft
Hi Altitude Nature Camp, Camps
Trekking, Hi-Altitude Camping, Village Stay, Local Interaction, Glacier watching
Nature, Culture, High Altitude, , , , Village Life
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is here we break the 15,000 ft barrier,

With open expansive plateau which is also the grazing ground for local wildlife like Yaks Nimaling is a personal favourite camping spot. Set up camp at one of the highest plateau in the world and fall in love the landscape. You can view Kang yatse in the background.

  • Thachungtse-13,650 ft
  • Nimaling - 15,485 ft
Nimaling Plateau- 15,485 ft
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Wild life spotting, Photography, Hi-Altitude Camping, Glacier watching
Nature, Wild Life, , High Altitude
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have crossed the 15,000 ft barrier. Few have gone beyond this. This point will mark your transition from a trekker to a expeditionist.

We part-take in a acclimatization walk to Kongmaru La which is a gain in elevation of about 540 mtrs before returning to our camp at Nimaling by lunch.

This trail is a mix of steep inclines and mid declines.

  • Nimaling-15,485 ft
  • Kongmaru La- 17,273 ft
  • Nimaling-15,485 ft
Nimaling-15,485 ft
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Hi-Altitude Camping, Glacier watching, Wild life spotting
Nature, Wild Life, High Altitude,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is we reach base camp - Kang Yatze day. A trek of 3-4 hours of trek from Nimaling will get us to the camp.

Take the day off

  • Nimaling-15,485 ft
  • Kang Yatze- Base Camp- 16,732 Ft
None 5 km
Kang Yatze- Base Camp- 16,732 Ft
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Hi-Altitude Camping, Glacier watching, Photography, Glacier watching
Nature, Wild Life, High Altitude, ,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We walk 3 hours to establish Advance Base Take.  We walk up to the snow to practice walking with crampons. Summit preparations and we eat dinner early and get to bed by 7 pm to be ready for the summit push.

  • Base Camp
  • Advance Base Camp
None 4 km
Kang Yatze Base
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Hi-Altitude Camping, Photography
Nature, High Altitude, ,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is Summit Day. Check yourself , check gear- this is going to be long day.

We start our first attempt to summit at midnight so we can catch the sunrise on the summit.

We may have to use ropes at a few spots to summit. Once we are on top , be mesmerized by the Zanskar and the distant Karakoram ranges. We will descend back to base camp for lunch.

Kang Yatze- Base Camp-16,700 ft
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Hi-Altitude Camping, Photography, Glacier watching
Nature, , High Altitude,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We bid our goodbyes to the base camp and descend to Nimaling.

Once at Nimaling we start our ascend to Kongmaru La pass at 5260 mtrs. We start our descend from Kongmaru La crossing a stream to reach Chuskrimo marked with chortens, small shops and a tea tent. We camp at Chuskirmo, a little after the valley flattens out.

Our journey to the village of Chuskrimo is like time lapse with so many terrain changes. Realise we are descending to 14,000 ft from almost 17,000ft climbing to 17,5000 ft and descending to 12,000 ft approx

  • Base Camp-16,700 ft
  • Nimaling-15,485 ft
  • Kongmaru La- 17,273 ft
  • Chuskrimo-12,303 ft
Chuskrimo-12,303 ft
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Hi-Altitude Camping, Village Walk, Local Interaction
Nature, High Altitude,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk 2 hours to get to our waiting vehicles at Shang Sumdo.

Our cars take us to Hemis (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Wash up & spend the evening shopping in Leh.

  • Shang Sumso
  • Leh
300 km None
Leh
Eco Resorts
Trekking, Village Walk, Photography, , Monastrey Visit
Nature, High Altitude, , , Road Trip
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart for Leh airport as per our scheduled flights.

Leh airport is one of the highest altitude airport in the world hence landing and take off is a adventure in itself..

  • Leh town
  • Leh Airport
5 km None
None +
, Photography, Local Interaction,
Nature, , Road Trip,
Breakfast

Not quite what you are looking for?
Customize this tour!

Inclusions
  • All transfers as per the itinerary (Leh airport to Leh airport)
  • Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools
  • Accommodation on twin share basis with foam sleeping mats in tents / ‘A’ class hotels (all meals included) Individual climbing equipment
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 15kg/person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • A guide for all monastery sightseeing Shey, Thikse, Hemis gompa
Exclusions
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance
Advisory

What to expect

  • Average day could involve more than 6 hrs of walking.
  • We will be covering difficult and glaciated terrain where use of ropes and technical mountaineering equipment like crampons, harness, carabiners, descenders etc could come into play.
  • On these trips one is required to stay at high altitudes for lengthy periods of time and hence  acclimatization is always a must
  • Due to the unpredictable nature of the terrain and the snow/ ice conditions in the high mountains hence always have a contingency day of two built into the plan.
  • These trips would last more than two weeks and go to wild, remote places completely cut off from civilization.


Heres' how your packing should be look like

  1. 2 synthetic undershirts
  2. 2 long-sleeve shirts
  3. 3 t-shirts
  4. 2 pairs of pants (suitable for current weather)
  5. 1 pair of thermal wear (optional)
  6. 4 pairs of socks
  7. 1 pair hiking boots with ankle grip.
  8. 1 pair sandals (for wearing when not hiking)
  9. 1 waterproof windbreaker
  10. 1 heavy jacket.
  11. 1 raingear - ponchos can drape over your pack.
  12. hat with hood to protect from Sun
  13. Warm Cap for night to protect against wind and cold
  14. fleece jacket
  15. Sunscreen
  16. Paper soaps/ Hand Sanitiser/ Insect repellent
  17. Rucksack 50/ 60 litres
  18. Day pack
  19. Water Bottle
  20. Torch/ Batteries
  21. Sunglasses
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Personal medicine.

Why Ecohunters?

Small Groups
We deliberately encourage small groups as they allow for better experiences , more interaction and exchange.
Epic journeys
Every journey listed on the site has been mined for the sheer purpose of extending the joy to you!
All Inclusive Trips
All inclusive trips ensure you soak into the experience 100% without having to bother about the nitty-gritties.
Safety First
Every journey is calibrated ensuring the safety of the traveller. We closely monitor events man-made or natural to avoid any uncertainty during your travel. Trusted local partners ensure local support.
Accomodations
From unique home stays and hotels to sleeping moored under the stars in a tranquil bay, our options will provide you with the most authentic experience possible

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